Anatoli Alyabyev of the Soviet Union won the twenty-kilometres biathlon over the olympic course at Lake Placid, New York State on.
GV: flags of competing nations.
GV AND PAN: crowds around shooting range.
SV: Franz Eder of Austria shoulders his rifle and skis off.
LV AND PAN: targets going up and down.
SV: Per Andersson of Sweden fires shot and skis off
SV: Tapani Koykka of Finland fires shot and skis off.
SCU: Graeme Fergus on of Britain skis across finish line closely followed by John Moody. (USA)
CU AND PAN: Photographers taking pictures of skiers.
SCU: Klaws Siebert of East Germany being given blanket by trainer at end of race.
GV AND PAN AND ZOOM INTO SV OF :Andreas Angerer of East Germany who crosses line fourth..
GV AND PAN AND ZOOM INTO SV OF Frank Ulrich of East Germany crossing finish line.
GV: two contestants lying and firing on rifle range.
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Background: Anatoli Alyabyev of the Soviet Union won the twenty-kilometres biathlon over the olympic course at Lake Placid, New York State on. Thursday (8 February). He finished in one hour sixteen and a half minutes, only seventeen seconds ahead of Klaus Siebert of East Germany. Another East Germany, Frank Ulrich, was third.
SYNOPSIS: There was a field of sixty seven for the event, which was delayed for an hour and a half by freezing temperatures that dropped to minus nineteen degrees centigrade. This is Franz Eder of Austria, who finished in thirtieth place, a slight improvement over his thirty-sixth placing in the ten-kilometres event the previous day.
The biathlon, which derives from bear hunting in Scandinavia, involves cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
Per Andersson of Sweden was to gain sixth place, amid a cluster of performers who finished within twenty seconds of one another.
Tapani Koykka of Finland is used to bitter weather, but lost thirteen penalty points to wind up in forty-fifth place.
Number nineteen, Graeme Ferguson of Britain, was pursued across the finishing line by John Moody of the United States, but Ferguson finished thirty-ninth, a full twenty-two place ahead of the American.
And here's the man who came second...Siebert of East Germany..being protected by a trainer.
Andreas Angerer of West Germany, had a good day, coming fourth just over a minute behind Ulrich. Second and third placing gave the East Germans new heart for next year's Olympic Games.
And gliding into third place..Frank Ulrich, who lost fewer penalty points than Siebert but was almost a minute and a half slower. More nations will be taking part in this fast-growing sport than in any other next year's Winter Olympics here.